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Old 09-09-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Roof Awnings vs. Window Awnings

I've got an interesting question for the collective wisdom out there.

If you have full roof awnings all the way around your coach (4 total)...do you really need window awnings? I'm looking at a late model Country Coach that's set up that way (no window awnings at all).

We're going into some really hot (South West) areas, and wondered if not having window awnings would be something we kicked ourselves about later (I'm assuming they couldn't be retro-fitted).

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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I wouldn't be without the window awnings if in hot areas.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:17 PM   #3
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I've got an interesting question for the collective wisdom out there.

If you have full roof awnings all the way around your coach (4 total)...do you really need window awnings? I'm looking at a late model Country Coach that's set up that way (no window awnings at all).

We're going into some really hot (South West) areas, and wondered if not having window awnings would be something we kicked ourselves about later (I'm assuming they couldn't be retro-fitted).

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

Thanks!

Mark
I'm not familiar with your model but I guess it would depend on camping style ... sometimes I'm in a tight location where I can't deploy a full awning.
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Having both on this coach and our prior coach, I would say you will definitely want window awnings. Unless those roof awnings are more sturdy than most I've seen, it does not take much wind to make you store them....many have wind sensors that will auto store them. I have kept my window awnings deployed (since they have straps that hold them tight open) in windy conditions where my main awning had to be stored.

We visit Myrtle Beach, SC couple times each year. There are many sunny days where my window awnings are helping keep us cool inside but too much wind to have the main awning out.
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The key question would be whether you can and will always deploy the big awnings. Wind, narrow campsites, adjacent trees, etc. might all be reasons you do not have the big awnings out. In that case, windows awnings would be invaluable.

We don't have roof awnings all the way around, but we do have window awnings everywhere, including on the windows under the big roof awning. We always deploy the window awnings, even just overnight, but we don't always deploy the main awning.

To answer the other implied question, you can add window awnings at any time. They are fairly quick & easy to install, so no problem to retrofit.
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In the southwest window awnings are very helpful. They really reduce the cabin temperatures and the load on air conditioning
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Window awnings are in the budget for next year!! Any good buys out there?
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I've never seen standard awnings all the way around any RV, how would one use a standard awning on the drivers side? We have slide out covers and window awnings + patio/standard awning. The window awnings block most all sunlight until just prior to dusk.
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I've never seen standard awnings all the way around any RV, how would one use a standard awning on the drivers side?
Ray,

It's a duplicate set to what you have on the curb side, if you already have two roof awnings. Obviously, you wouldn't be able to fully deploy them if you are real close on the drivers' side to another coach or tree. But if you're in a wide open area (i.e. BLM campsite, tail gating in a parking lot, etc), you may have tons of space (and zero shade) all around you.

The comments about wind are very valid, but I didn't realize that they wouldn't affect window awnings as well.

And can powered window awnings really be added after the coach is built? I wouldn't have guessed so.

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Do they make powered window awnings? All I have seen are manual window awnings. Not sure what advantage there might be for powered window awnings.
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When you say "roof awnings" are you referring to "patio awnings"? If yes, I don't think I've ever seen a coach with 4 patio awnings. Most of the CC rigs I've seen have the slide out awnings on each slide that also can be pulled further down and become window awnings as well. Those typically only have one large patio awning (passenger side, of course).

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On curb side we have BIG Patio awning and 1 window awning over rear BR window. on driver side we have 3 Window awnings. But, if I had to do it over again I wouldn't add the window awnings. In place I'd have those covers (like used outside on windshield). They stay put, you can see out, require no screws into side of coach, don't cause leak problems, but restricts people outside from seeing in most of the time. I'd get the ones with the magnets that you glue to windows. Now you can leave them on and leave the MH without fear of coming back and finding your awnings ripped or ripped off by wind. Safe travels... ed
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I think he is talking about awnings like the current Girard awnings, which, for $14,000, you can have two on the passenger side of your new Tiffin and some other brands. Double that $, and you can have two on the other side, which you will normally find only on Prevost-level RVs. If they can be deployed, they would accomplish the same thing as window awnings. But, they would be subject to wind speed concerns more than smaller window awnings.

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Roy has what I'm talking about correct. I'm not referring to slide toppers, but rather patio awnings. Standard is one on the curb side, but many have two on the curb side (shading your entire side of the curb side). This coach has a total of 4 ~ two on each side, shading both sides of the coach.

I had a chance to drive it on Monday ~ it was even nicer than I had anticipated. Think of parking in the middle of a parking lot, with a school band wearing flat black standing around ~ and being able to provide shade for almost the entire squad on one side or the other of the coach!
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